It’s quite common here in the festive season to see a blow-up Father Christmas attempting to scale a balcony.
This one’s head has flopped right forward, away from the knapsack containing the present, as if he can hardly bear the strain of hanging by his arms.
Father Christmas is called Babbo Natale in Italy, which literally means Daddy Christmas. His popularity is increasing at the expense of the more traditional witch-like old lady La Befana who distributes presents at Epiphany.
Babbo Natale is also expected to come down chimneys. There’s a rather charming television advertisement for a type of seasonal cake which is so soft that a little boy is inspired to put it in the hearth for Babbo Natale to land on.